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Tigers suffer 8-wicket defeat in 1st Test

Published : 30 Nov 2021 10:47 PM | Updated : 01 Dec 2021 05:20 PM

Bangladesh’s failure in white-ball cricket against Pakistan continued in the red-ball, as the team tested a comprehensive defeat of 8-wicket against Pakistan in the first Test in Chattogram on Tuesday.

Bangladesh failed to pull off any miracle on the final day of the five-day Test match as Pakistan comfortably chased down 202-run target to thrash the host by eight wickets.

Pakistan's victory looked all but sure when they ended the fourth day on 109 for no loss, leaving them needing just 93 runs to seal the deal on fifth day. They took just two hours to race to the victory on the day to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said, "Anything is possible in Test cricket."

However, that was not to be as Pakistan players played risk-free cricket to deny Bangladesh any chance to hit back.

Opener Abid Ali missed out a back-to-back century by nine runs and that was only scar Bangladesh could do for Pakistan. Abid Ali and debutant Abdullah Shafique put on a 151-run partnership for the opening stand, their second consecutive 100-plus stand in the match to edge Pakistan closer to victory. Abid who hit 133 in the first innings, struck 12 boundaries for his 91 off 148 in this innings.

Shafique followed his 52 with 73 off 129, studded by eight fours and one six, before off spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz had him dismissed lbw to give Bangladesh a breakthrough on the fifth day.

Resuming the fifth day, Pakistan openers appeared to be in full control until Miraz struck but the breakthrough came in late when a Pakistan-win was an only possible result.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam also had Abid Ali out via leg-before, baffling him with a sharp turn. Desperate Abid Ali who was playing down the wrong line reviewed the decision in vain. Azhar Ali and Pakistan captain Babar Azam then completed the inevitable with the former hitting consecutive boundaries off Miraz to sign off the game. Azhar was unbeaten on 24 and Azam was on 13.

The second Test is in Dhaka will be held from December 4 to 8.